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Contessa

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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Valentina's debut into glittering Parisian society was everything she dreamed it would be. She flirted with the handsome Prince of Wales, drank champagne until she was dizzy with desire and danced until dawn glowed rosy pink over the breathtaking Eiffel Tower. All of Paris was hers and the future looked perfect - but fate had other plans...

With her sudden news of
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Unknown Binding, 494 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Doubleday Books
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Misfit
Valentina’s father was a Russian Grand Duke who gambled away the family fortune when she was very young and then blew his brains out. Valentina was raised by family in France, and she’s now fourteen and ready to be the toast of Paris (even Bertie catches her eye). Problem is, there’s no money for a season and she’s been contracted off to an older, but ever so rich Russian count looking to sire an heir. She’s to live in the care of the count’s sister until she’s old enough to wed giving her time ...more
Dorcas
Is it possible to love and despise a book at the same time? Well it must be.

The book is divided into two parts, the first part taking place in Russia during the revolution of WW1 and the second half set in France from 1920-1944. Its a long book and because it covers such a long time frame I would have preferred it split into two separate books. It would make my review much easier, because I loved the first half and hated the second.(and lets confess all here, I did not complete the book~ made it
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Alana Martinez
Jan 17, 2015 Alana Martinez rated it it was amazing
I have liked this book since the mid 80s, as a young teen. I like Valentina's story: a combination of success, love, and numerous hardships. I like that it covered early to mid 20th century history in Russia, Spain, and France.

I bought a used copy on ebay and read it as quickly now as I did at 14.
Jennifer
Aug 12, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
You probably can't find this book anywhere as it is out of print. I have an original harcover :) Anyway - this is a great book about....can you guess? A Contessa.
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